• In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, appears on the flo...

    In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, appears on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise. (AP Photo/House Television)

  • (AP Photo/House Television)

    (AP Photo/House Television)

  • (AP Photo/House Television)

    (AP Photo/House Television)

  • (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

  • “I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what’s going on in Washington,” Giffords said in a statement release later. “I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.”